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New York election officials warn about group checking voting records

Sep 07, 2023 12:55 pm

Chris McKenna reports in the Poughkeepsie Journal that a group calling itself New York Citizens Audit is going to the homes of New Yorkers and questioning their voter registration status. Officials are concerned because in some encounters the group appears to be posing as board of election workers, and in other cases telling people they have committed a felony by being registered to vote in two places. Raymond Riley III, the state board of election's co-executive director, said in a statement, “We are extremely alarmed by these actions.... These individuals are impersonating government officials in an effort to intimidate voters based on inaccurate and misleading information.” Marly Hornik, executive director of New York Citizens Audit, says her group is not pretending to be election workers. "Absolutely not.... We are researchers who use lawful methods." There has been little evidence of any voter fraud in recent elections in New York and nationally. The group has reportedly approached voters in Albany County, but not in Greene or Columbia counties. William VanNess, Warren County's Republican election commissioner, said he fears that the visits to voters homes might discourage people from voting. "We want people to vote," he said. "We work exceptionally hard to do that." Read more about this story in the Poughkeepsie Journal.

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